THE NEXT BIG THING
The Art of Zen Living has evolved out of necessity and an awakening of people all over the world. It's the collective consciousness waking up and recognising that we are doing it all wrong. Life doesn't have to be so busy, stressful and tiring. Through attending my Zen Yoga classes and hearing about how we approach life through Zen principles, people are seeing that it unlocks spaces of energy blocks, you are able to see things about yourself, your thinking patterns and your mentality that may have worked but don't need to remain any longer. The Art of Zen Living is about drawing a line in the sand and starting with a fresh perspective on life.
We can't change the demanding work schedules and other demands on our time so we use the practices of Zen Living to make the best of what we do have. It's not about making do because there's no other choice. It's going back to basics with a shift in perspective.
Zen Yoga uses traditional hatha poses but brings in Zen meditation (zazen) in a very different way than traditional Indian yoga. Specific to Zen Yoga is Qigong exercise. With it's flowing movements of the body, it is practiced to cultivate balance and the harmony of vital energy in the body. These slower movements in Zen Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong create new neural pathways in the brain (called neuroplasticity) which help to reduce chronic pain, anxiety and low mood. Read my blog about it here.
Particularly good for beginners, Zen Yoga's slower style will help you to build strength and flexibility both physically and mentally. It doesn't matter your shape, fitness or flexibility. We can't change a lot of things in life but we can change how we approach each moment so don't let any preconceived notions about yoga hold you back from joining a class.
Join the revolution in Mindful Movement.
18:45 - 20:00 HILLDENE CENTRE, 68 High Street, West End, Southampton
09:45 - 11:00 THE HILT, Upstairs in The Loft, Hiltingbury Road, Chandler's Ford, SO53 5NP
18:00 - 19:15 LITTLE DELWOOD, Millers Dale Centre, The Deanery, Chandler's Ford, SO531TL
19:30 - 20:45 LITTLE DELWOOD, Millers Dale Centre, The Deanery, Chandler's Ford, SO531TL
12:30 - 13:30 INNOVATION CENTRE, County Council Bldg, Top Floor,
Castle Hill, High St. SO23 8HU
Text me if you are lost! 07789061933
*This session is less than average because it's a county council class. £36 for block of 6 sessions.
Begins January 7th:
18:45 - 20:00 Pavilion on the Park, 1 Kingfisher Road, SO50 9LH Eastleigh
How to Join Zen Yoga
As of December 1, 2019 there is a new booking system & Membership Program which gets you unlimited access to classes, 15% off workshops and priority booking to events & retreats. ALSO, you receive discounts with BRILLIANT local companies, click here to learn more!
Annual Membership is £338
3-month Membership is £89.50
Monthly Membership is £31.50
Teen Annual Membership is £276
Teen 3-month Membership is £60
Teen Monthly Membership is £23
Drop in rate is £8, £5 for a teen
See the class schedule here!
All bookings are taken through Gymcatch. Here's how it works!
1) On your mobile or tablet, download the app Gymcatch OR on a computer go here
2) Search for The Art of Zen Living or click this link
3) Go to PACKAGES and purchase what you'd like. (all payments are secure credit card transactions.)
Select Auto-Renew so you can always guarantee your space!
4) Once you've made the purchase go back into PACKAGES where you will see the Membership Package listed.
5) Scroll down and you can book in the sessions with your pass.
For detailed instructions go here or watch the tutorials below!
For computers, if you would like to watch a short video to understand the platform here's a link.
And if you are on a mobile, here's the youtube video.
T's & C's
Passes are non-refundable, non-transferrable and cannot be extended.
*For anyone with a current Class Pass, I'll talk to you directly and extend your sessions accordingly.
**Registration Form- if you are new to our sessions, please print this form, fill it out and bring it with you.
What is Zen Yoga?
Zen Yoga is an ancient energy system from East Asia that uses traditional hatha yoga poses. The philosophy originates from the Zen practices of Japan. Originally from China known as Ch'an, we work the energy lines from Traditional Chinese Medicine
What that means to you?! Well, ya know the days that you wonder, "HOW am I this tired?!" Maybe you are just feeling generally drained, like life never slows down and irritated by most things? That was me for years... Zen Yoga helps with that. There are three cornerstones of Zen Yoga: energy, alignment, and mindfulness. When you work the body in ways that recharges your internal battery you have more energy each day. With the ancient Zen Mindfulness practices, you are able to see and learn how to have a fresh perspective on life and the alignment aspect is physical, mental and spiritual. Zen is like a compass...your compass to help you see life with more gratitude and appreciation, helping you to be more present and see the impermanence of life. The Art of Zen Living is where you find that you are able to do more of what you love in life. When you learn how to slow down, you realise that you do have more time than you thought. Life is only rushing around from one thing to another if you make it that way.
It doesn't matter your shape, fitness or flexibility. It's about taking a break from the stresses of life, from the past and from what may happen in the future. It's about the present moment. It's all we've got! We can't change a lot of things in life but we can change how we approach each moment.
Zen Yoga is especially great for beginners because there are so many adaptions to poses that you won't feel like you can't keep up. Classes are kept small which makes for a calming and relaxed environment where I can get around to offer help if you need it. Read my blog Joining a Yoga Class can be Intimidating.
By breathing better (learn here) & bringing in movement we encourage more balance in the body and mind. This helps us be more calm which means we don't go into fight or flight as quickly or as often (with practice!) Yoga, mindfulness and meditation are proven to help with:
- chronic illnesses like ME & fibromyalgia
- stress, anxiety, & depression
- improving emotional regulation
- lowering blood pressure
- reducing chronic back pain by increasing core strength
- improving mobility & balance
- increasing flexibility
- improving quality of sleep and improves REM sleep
- helps with eating more mindfully
Why is Yoga so Beneficial to Our Health?
Staying Social & Active Over 70
Zen Yoga with Bridget has been collaborating with MHA Eastleigh's Live at Home Scheme helping older people to maintain their independence. Really, the age isn't important because the aim is to provide activities for anyone who may be isolated at home and will benefit from weekly activities, meeting people and
staying active in the community. MHA Eastleigh provides activities like Natter & Platter and Singing for Wellbeing (which are SO much fun!!) so have a look at their website for more details. We have weekly Mindful Movement sessions Tuesday and Friday. These sessions include breathing practices which improve quality of sleep, mindfulness practices for helping with stress and anxiety as well as movement which improves balance, mobility and overall wellbeing. These sessions are filled with so much laughter and fun that just that alone is beneficial for health!
Friday 11:30 - 12:30pm @ Eastleigh Masonic Hall, 2 Cranbury Road, corner of Cranbury Road & Leigh Road, SO50 5HA | £4 suggested donation to MHA. This session is Qigong (similar to tai chi) & Mindful Movement. We also work on balance, stretching and strength.